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The deep roots of racial injustice

The deep roots of racial injustice

It was hard not to see history on the TV screen Monday. Burning and looting on the streets of east and west Baltimore recalled the last time the national guard was called out to the city, on an April night 47 years ago following the assassination of Martin Luther King. Conversations about individual law breakers and the destruction of property obscure our view of history, however. Yet it's not hard to find, if we pull the camera lens back from the burning cars on North and Fulton, and take a look around.

It's a short walk from North and Fulton to 1834 McCulloh street, where in1910 W. Ashbie Hawkins, a black lawyer, dared purchase a house on the white side of west Baltimore's...